These images are from a project called In My Skin about young people under 25 in the UK who are challenging their body image.
I am looking at those who have had or are considering having cosmetic surgery in order to become more acceptable to themselves and achieve their ideal of being "beautiful."
Social consensus in Western society today is particularly focused on physical beauty and achieving and maintaining the "perfect" face and body.
Intertwined with this I am also documenting body dysmorphia as young people try to conform to this social expectation, resulting in eating disorders and body transformation.
Lastly, I am documenting transgenderism and the struggle young people have to live within a body they were born into but have no affiliation with.
— Michelle Sank
Seemingly useless plastic debris comes to life when animated with primitive, heroic souls. Indeed, these ageless vessels will likely outlast us all...
Soft and beautiful from a distance, but uneasy upon closer inspection—each of these photos, made on the streets of New Orleans, tells a story in which the surface tensions are just about ready to burst.